Are you considering applying for your child to attend the gifted program at Westmount Charter School? We have a specific gifted assessment that is designed to meet Westmount’s application requirements.
Session Length: One 3-hour session or two 1.5 hour sessions
- Questionnaires completed by parents online
- Initial intake interview with parents (video or in-person)
- Cognitive assessment (WPPSI-IV, WISC-V or WAIS-IV)
- Final feedback session with parents to discuss results (video or in-person)
- Comprehensive written report including results and individualized recommendations to help support your child both at home and school*
*Following the assessment appointment, if your child meets gifted criteria (FSIQ of 130, plus or minus 5 points), a psychological report will be written and provided to you for your submission to Westmount. If your child does not meet gifted criteria, you will have the option to stop the assessment process and not proceed with the full written report.
What are the deadline dates?
For Kindergarten through Grade 4 students, the application deadline for Westmount is November 30, 2020.
For students entering Grades 5 through 12, the application deadline for Westmount has not yet been announced, however it typically occurs in February of each year. They will likely begin their next round of accepting applications in the early 2021.
What is required?
A part of the application process for Westmount, they require a psychological report from a registered psychologist indicating that your child has undergone recent intelligence testing (also called an IQ test or cognitive assessment) using standardized assessment tools. This report must contain information about your child’s development, as well as provide their FSIQ (Full Scale Intelligence Quotient) and GAI (General Ability Index) scores obtained during testing.
Westmount Charter School’s criteria to qualify as a gifted learner is a Full Scale IQ score or GAI score of 130 +/-5.
What test do you use?
Testing involves a standardized cognitive assessment, and depending on the age of your child, we will be using either the WPPSI-IV, WISC-V or WAIS-IV.
How long does the assessment take?
The assessment usually occurs over a single session lasting 2-3 hours, however you can also split this into two 1.5 hour sessions if you would prefer. I meet with parents first, for approximately 15-30 minutes, to review your completed questionnaire and talk to you about your child’s developmental history, as well as their strengths, areas of need, academic history, and so on. This also provides you with an opportunity to ask any questions that you have about the process.
Next I meet directly with your child to conduct the assessment, which typically takes between 1 and 2 hours in total, depending on the individual. We will take as many breaks as your child needs, to get up and stretch, have a snack, play a game or take a short walk around the office. Some students are so focussed and engaged in the assessment that they choose not to take a break, and that is ok too!
Once the assessment is completed, parents are invited back into the room where we spend 15-30 minutes reviewing the results, including whether or not your child meets Westmount’s admission requirements. You will then have the choice as to whether or not you would like to have a psychological report prepared.
How much does the assessment cost?
Fees for psychological services are $200 per hour. The assessment process is usually 2-3 hours in length ($400-$600), and if you choose to have a psychological report prepared, it takes approximately 2 hours ($400).
When will I receive the report?
Typically, reports take between 2-4 weeks to complete. However, in busy months such as November and February, additional time is set aside in the schedule specifically for report writing, so that you can rest assured you will receive your child’s report before the application deadline.
Can you come to my home for the assessment?
Assessments occur in my office (South Calgary or Okotoks locations available). Most children demonstrate similar performance at home as they would at the office (in the same way they usually do well on their own in a school or other care setting), and I work hard to create a fun, welcoming and safe environment with as many breaks as they need to feel confident and comfortable.
Book your assessment today or contact us for a free telephone consultation to ensure you are able to submit your application in time.